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Digital Echidna: Thoughts on all things digital: Smart Date Module Puts a Premium on Time, User Experience
Time is always of the essence. From a consumer perspective, you want to know when events take place, when something’s open or closed, how long a meeting or activity will last. And, from a development perspective, you want to be able to create a date…
Agiledrop.com Blog: 7 questions you're probably asking yourself when considering Open Social
Open Social is a Drupal distribution that enables anyone to quickly & easily set up a platform for their own community, no matter its size or needs. In this post, we'll take a look at the platform's powerful capabilities. READ MORE
OPTASY: Cache API in Drupal 8: How Is It Any Different from Drupal 7 Cache System?
Cache API in Drupal 8: How Is It Any Different from Drupal 7 Cache System? radu.simileanu Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:19 What makes the Cache API in Drupal 8 any better than Drupal 7's cache system? What's so revolutionary about it? Which of the old limitations does it remove? What are those new concepts and terminology that you should learn about? And, most of all: how complex is it to set up a cache in Drupal 8 for a specific use case? You might have already bumped into terms like “max-age”, "context cache" or "cache tags".
 
Capgemini Engineering: There isn't a module for that already?
Sometimes clients ask for the wrong thing. Sometimes developers build the wrong thing, because they didn’t ask the right questions. If you’re solving the wrong problem, it doesn’t matter how elegant your solution is. One of the most important services that we as developers and consultants can provide is being able to help guide our clients to what they need, rather than simply giving them what they want. Sometimes those two things are aligned, but more often than not, figuring out the right thing to build takes some discovering. Why don’t wants and needs match? It might be because the client hasn’t spent enough time thinking about the question, or because they haven’t approached it from the right angle. If that’s the case, we can help them to do that, either by asking the right questions or by acting as their rubber duck, providing a sounding board for their ideas. Alternatively, it might be because, as a marketing or content specialist, they lack sufficient awareness of the potential technological solutions to the question, and we can offer that. Once you’ve properly understood the problem, you can start to look for a solution. In this article, I’ll talk about some examples of problems like this that we’ve recently helped clients to solve, and how those solutions led us to contribute two new Drupal modules. There must be a module for that Sometimes the problems are...
Lullabot: Lullabot Podcast: Layouts Revisited with Tim Plunkett
Mike and Matt invite Layout Initiative lead Tim Plunkett on the podcast to talk everything about Drupal's new Layout Builder, its use-cases, issues, and what's new in Drupal 8.7, and what's coming next!
Dries Buytaert: Acquia delivers during Mueller report traffic surge
Last month, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report on Russian interference in the U.S. election was released on the Justice.gov website. With the help of Acquia and Drupal, the report was successfully delivered without interruption, despite a 7,000% increase in traffic on its release date, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. According to Federal Computer Week, by 5pm on the day of the report's release, there had already been 587 million site visits, with 247 million happening within the first hour. During these types of high-pressure events when the world is watching, no news is good news. Keeping sites like this up and available to the public is an important part of democracy and the freedom of information. I'm proud of Acquia's and Drupal's ability to deliver when it matters most!
Agaric Collective: How Stewarding the Digital Commons Keeps Your Software Secure, Stable and Innovative
We live amidst a Digital Commons - technology that is built with the principles of freedom and transparency baked into its code and design. It's maintained out in the open by the free software community. This commons is invisible to many of us, but the closer we are to the technology we use, the more that it comes into focus.We at Agaric are knee deep in this Digital Commons. Our name Agaric is a nod to the mycelial nature of the open web. We help create, maintain, and promote free and open-source software that make up this commons. Read more and discuss at agaric.coop.
Grazitti Interactive: How Grazitti’s Drupal Marketo Connector module is helpful for form prefill?
Web Wash: Using Pattern Trigger (Regex) in Webform Conditional Logic in Drupal 8
When you need to create survey style forms in Drupal 8 Webform is the clear winner. It's powerful enough to create all sorts of forms and you can even give it to your editor so they can create their own, after a little training, of course. One part of Webform which I like is the ability to define conditional logic. For example, you can show or hide a text field based off a value from another element. You can also make an element conditionally required. It's a very useful part of Webform, and you do all of this through a UI, no custom code. Defining simple conditional logic, check if element value has a single value, is pretty straightforward. But when you have to deal with multiple values, this is where things get tricky.
TEN7 Blog's Drupal Posts: Episode 060: A Recap of Drupaldelphia 2019
In this week’s podcast TEN7’s DevOps Tess Flynn aka @socketwench is our guest, giving us her observations of the Drupaldelphia 2019 conference she recently attended, as well as a summary of her helpful session, “Return of the Clustering: Kubernetes for Drupal.” Host: Ivan Stegic
Guest: Tess Flynn, TEN7 DevOps In this podcast we'll discuss: 
InternetDevels: Drupal multisite: how it works and when it is the best choice
Drupal allows to find the most effective solution for every business case. Large organizations often need more than one website but a collection of related sites, which would be easy to manage. To meet this need, there is the Drupal multisite feature that has become popular among education websites, government websites, corporate websites, and so on. Let’s explore what Drupal multisite is, how it works, and when it is the best choice. Read more
Lullabot: A Patch-less Composer Workflow for Drupal Using Forks
One of the significant advantages of using free and open-source software is the ability to fix bugs without being dependent on external teams or organizations. As PHP and JavaScript developers, our team deals with in-development bugs and new features daily. So how do we get these changes onto sites before they’re released upstream?
OpenSense Labs: The Alternatives in Decoupled Drupal Ecosystem
The Alternatives in Decoupled Drupal Ecosystem Shankar Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:48 More and more users want the content to be available via a host of different devices. Various new interfaces and devices are thronging the technology landscape and are touted to bring about sweeping changes. There are even talks of website-less future. Smart wearables, Internet of Things, conversational user interface etc. have been gaining traction and are changing the way we experience the internet. New web-enabled devices need the content that the websites do but in a different format which creates complications in the way we develop. Disseminating content can have different needs from one setup to another.
The content management system (CMS) is rife with labels such as ‘decoupled’ and ‘hybrid’ which requires to be dissected for a better understanding of their benefits. Decoupling the backend of a content management system (CMS) from the frontend can be a remarkable solution for a lot of issues that are caused when you move away from standard website-only deliveries. Decoupling the CMS streamlines the process of republishing the content across numerous channels ranging from websites to applications. Decoupled CMS is not new, but as the digital arena observes changes, it gets more and more important. The Drupal Connect Source: Dries Buytaert’s blogAs one of the leaders in...
Srijan Technologies: Layout Builder: A DIY Tool to Design a Website with Drupal 8
There's this millennial phrase "You snooze, you lose" and nowhere is it more applicable than for enterprises today. Opportunities to engage with your audience pop up fast and disappear faster, and you have to act quickly if you wish to leverage any of it. 
Wim Leers: API-First Drupal: what's new in 8.7?
Drupal 8.7 was released with huge API-First improvements! The REST API only got fairly small improvements in the 7th minor release of Drupal 8, because it reached a good level of maturity in 8.6 (where we added file uploads, exposed more of Drupal’s data model and improved DX.), and because we of course were busy with JSON:API :) Thanks to everyone who contributed! JSON:API #2843147 Need I say more? :) After keeping you informed about progress in October, November, December and January, followed by one of the most frantic Drupal core contribution periods I’ve ever experienced, the JSON:API module was committed to Drupal 8.7 on March 21, 2019. Surely you’re know thinking But when should I use Drupal’s JSON:API module instead of the REST module? Well, choose REST if you have non-entity data you want to expose. In all other cases, choose JSON:API. In short, after having seen people use the REST module for years, we believe JSON:API makes solving the most common needs an order of magnitude simpler — sometimes two. Many things that require a lot of client-side code, a lot of requests or even server-side code you get for free when using JSON:API. That’s why we added it, of course :) See Dries’ overview if you haven’t already. It includes a great video that Gabe recorded that shows how it simplifies common needs. And...
Duo Consulting: Drupal vs WordPress: Which is Right for You?
For website builders, the perennial debate between WordPress and Drupal rages on. As a Drupal-focused agency, it would be easy for us to promote Drupal’s benefits while badmouthing WordPress. Ultimately, though, that kind of thinking distracts form a more nuanced take on the debate: which CMS is best for you? While we’ve covered the comparisons between the two platforms before, it’s always worth revisiting the similarities and differences between them. Part of the reason why the “WordPress vs Drupal” narrative persists is because there is no definitive “winner.” Drupal and WordPress are both great tools that we’d have no problem recommending. In fact, the two platforms have more in common than you might realize. Both WordPress and Drupal are free, open source content management systems with vast ecosystems of contributed plugins and modules. Both are also sustained by communities of users and developers who continue to make each platform successful. Ultimately, the choice between WordPress and Drupal comes down to you and your site’s requirements. Both platforms come with advantages and disadvantages depending on the task at hand, so it really is a case-by-case basis. Instead of boiling the matter down to “Drupal vs. WordPress,” consider the following comparisons against your needs to determine which platform is the best fit for your project. Ease vs Order Imagine that...

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